When I first got the book Calling the Curveball (a Lawson Family Novel) by Tracey Cramer-Kelly, I didn’t think that it was a series. However the ending of the book kind of sets the stage for a next one to take place. I enjoyed this book so much that I hope there is another one to follow because I want to see what happens after reading the last chapter of this one. Jamie Lawson has always dreamed of being a pro baseball player and he was heading in the direction of making that happen. Unfortunately his life took in one instant when there was a wreck that left him injured and his wife dead. Since the accident 6 years ago he has made a life for himself even though he still lives with guilt and regret. Kira Walker has come into town to spend the summer with her sister, and on a whim of courage she ask Jamie out to a date. Reading about these two coming together and seeing the possibilities of a future relationship bloom between them was amazing. There was so much emotion in the pages of this book with not only Jamie and Kira but also their family and friends. This book put some things into perspective for me in my own life. This is a journey of hurt, guilt, love, and forgiveness. Definitely add this one to your reading list.
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Calling the Curveball: a Lawson Family Novel by Tracey Cramer Kelly
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Genre – Sports Romance
Page Count – 183 pages
Jamie Lawson always believed he’d make it to baseball’s big leagues, but when a tragic accident leaves him maimed, and his wife dead, Jamie heads back to his small Minnesota hometown with his dreams shattered. Six years later, he’s opened his own chiropractic clinic, but guilt and grief still haunt him. The closest he comes to baseball these days is coaching little league and umpiring for the town’s Fourth of July softball tournament. He certainly doesn’t have room in his life for the pretty stranger who shows up at the tournament and then boldly asks him on a date.
The Boys—and Girls—of Summer
After an ugly divorce, grade school teacher Kira Walker needs a break to reassess her life and come to terms with being single. Spending the summer with her sister, she attends the holiday softball tournament. But how can she keep her mind on the game—and her goals—when the umpire is such a distraction? She might be up for a summer fling if it was with Sexy Umpire Man.
Sliding into Home…
Kira’s got her own share of past hurts, but as the summer—and the romance—heats up, her playful nature coaxes Jamie into rediscovering parts of himself he thought he’d buried with his wife. Kira has thrown Jamie a curveball. Will he let her walk, or will he embrace the possibility that his glory days just might be in the future, with Kira?
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Tracey started riding motorcycles at the age of sixteen. A month shy of her eighteenth birthday, she left for Army basic training. She spent five years in the Army National Guard as a combat medic, where she fell in love with helicopters. She went on to get her helicopter pilot license outside the military, and has spent time with search-and-rescue teams in Idaho.
In 2019 she returned to school to re-certify as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), and currently works at various sporting and music events when she’s not processing orders for the family business (Leader Motorcycle) or working at a substance abuse counseling center.
Tracey lives in small-town Minnesota with her husband, two kids and two cats. They are a true “soccer family” (she even worked as a referee for two years). She enjoys downhill skiing and spending time at the family lake place.
Definitely not what I had expected! But in a good way! Calling the Curveball is the first book in The Lawson Family Series by Tracey Cramer-Kelly. Jamie Lawson was headed to the Major League when a tragic accident happened, which ended his baseball career and killed his wife. Kira Walker recently went through a horrible divorce and is staying with her sister for the summer to get a fresh new start. There was definitely lust at first sight but after Kira got the courage to ask Jamie out things definitely went a whole other direction. Instead of this being a “summer fling,” this turned in to something much deeper. The walls each one has built up from their own pasts start to crumble and neither one of them really know how to deal with it. This isn’t the typical romance. This is much more realistic and much more raw. I was impressed that the author decided to not write full sex scenes. Not every romance novel needs it and this is definitely one that did not need it. What she did was perfect for this story. I loved all the characters and the twists and turns that came about. Kira was fun, feisty and very head strong. It was very refreshing. This story was an emotional roller coaster so make sure to have the tissues handy because there will be lots and lots of tears. All in all, I loved this story! I could not put this book down! Definite page turner that you don’t want to miss out on! I cannot wait for the next book in the series!
Review by @vegasdaisie
This little novel was one of those that was just too short! I mean that in the best way possible too! I adored it. Tracey Cramer-Kelly brought ALL the feels to the table with this one and I couldn’t get enough. I found myself tearing up several times from emotional plot twists while reading, but also because this book was over. I was so thrilled that there will be more in the series to come! Another fab bonus is that she is a new author to me so I will be able to devour her other available titles while I wait for book two.
Calling the Curveball is one of those second chance romances that grips the heartstrings. Kira Walker is re-claiming her life the best she can after an ugly divorce. Her focus is on her career as a teacher and her self-worth., not men. When she spots a sexy umpire on a summer trip to visit her sister, she decides to take a leap of faith and ask him out. She is blown away at her guts, and even more shocked by his answer of yes.
Jamie Lawson is side-swiped by Kira asking him out, but can’t find a reason to turn her down. He hasn’t had the easiest past either though. One plagued with tragedy and broken dreams it has changed him from the man he once thought he would be. Will these two be able to find happiness together long term? Or will their pasts simply get in the way and only allow for a summer fling and more heartbreak?
Calling the Curveball a Lawson Family Novel by Tracey Cramer-Kelly appears to he the first and I hope not the only look about this great family.
Jamie Lawson had dreams of being a baseball player, but that dream never came true. His life changed in several ways that day and he has lived in his own world until he meets Kira.
Kira Walker is two years removed from a divorce that shattered her emotional. Her Ex is a jerk, and to me made it seem like everything that went wrong was her fault. She isn’t ready to move forward until she sees the hot umpire at the baseball game.
This story is about so much more than second chances, it ended up being a lot deeper than I expected it to he but I don’t know if it would have worked any other way. I really like Jamie and Kira, but Ian and Ben both have my mind racing. I have to know what happened to them and where they end up.
Calling the Curveball was a great 5 star read.
I was pulled in right from the beginning with the epilogue. We jump ahead six years. Jamie is umping at a baseball game when he sees her in the crowd. There is something about her that he can’t stop looking at.
Kira is intrigued and really wants to talk to Jamie. It’s been two years since her divorce and he’s single. What would it hurt?
Everyone is a little messed up sometimes.
When these two start dating it was great. You could feel the connection between them. But of course real life things get in the way along with some things from the past. Can these two get past the hurdles and make things work?
This was my first read by this author and I loved it. I was pulled right in by her writing and couldn’t stop until I was done. I really liked this couple and I really wanted them to get their HEA. All of the secondary characters added a great element to the story. If your looking for a great story with two people looking for a second chance at love this is the book for you.
Calling The Curveball: A Lawson Family Novel by Tracey Cramer-Kelly
Kira recently divorced her former husband. Jamie is recovering from the loss of his wife 6 years ago. The two meet at a small town game where Jamie is umping. Taking a chance, they began to date. They both have a lot of baggage from their past to work through. This was a sweet romantic novel. I found the characters easy to relate to and they were very realistic. The storyline itself was very realistic and easy to follow. I was amazed at how much guilt Jamie had to work through on top of other things. It broke my heart. Kira was such an amazing and patient woman. I would not have been able to be patient with the things she was patient with. It seemed that she grew up learning to do that though as revealed through her past story in the novel. Such a great read!
This was such an amazing start to a series I quickly became obsessed with. Baseball and Hockey are my two favorite sports so this was hands down a must read from me. It was a sweet, emotional, second chance romance that will suck you in from the beginning and it won’t let you go until the very end.
Kira is a school teacher who is finding herself after a messy divorce. She visits her sister during the summer months and is instantly attracted to the local umpire. I love how she stepped out of her comfort zone and asks him out and he shocks her by saying yes!
Jamie (aka sexy umpire) had his career change in the matter of seconds. His life changed from pro baseball player to chiropractor and umpire. The wounds haven’t healed in his mind but some Kira has changed it all for him.
I absolutely become quickly obsessed with this story. I loved the writing, the characters, the the roller coaster it sent me on. I’m so excited to see where this series takes us!
Calling the Curveball by Tracey Cramer-Kelly is the first book in The Lawson Family series. This is a second chance romance and I absolutely enjoyed this book!!
Kira and Jamie’s story is such an emotional story. The characters are written so well that they are easily relatable and you can feel the connection they share with each other. Kira and Jamie have both experienced pain in the past and they have to evaluate whether or not they can let those go and experience the attraction between them. I enjoyed following their story and witness them work through their issues to attempt to give each other a chance.
The book flowed very well and I didn’t want to put it down. This is the first book I’ve read by the author and it definitely won’t be the last!
Calling The Curveball: a Lawson Family Novel by Tracey Cramer-Kelly. This is the first book in a series and I can’t wait to read the others. Its the story of Jamie Lawson a coming up baseball player who has his sights set on the professional level until a tragic accident takes that all away. Blaming himself he moves to a smaller town and tries to forget his past and it works until he meets Kira Walker who is in town visiting her sister trying to recoup from a ugly divorce. This is a story of letting go of the past and moving onto the future of forgetting old dreams and creating new dreams. A sweet and sad story that will keep your attention even after you are finished with the book.